15 Fantasy Baseball Players You Would be Wise to Reach for

15 Fantasy Baseball Players You'd be Wise to Reach for

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This year's fantasy draft class has many intriguing options that owners should target. Many of these options can be drafted outside of the first few rounds, but owners shouldn't risk letting them fall. Here are the top 15 players you should reach for in the draft.

15. Mark Trumbo

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15. Mark Trumbo

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Trumbo is a very dangerous hitter, and he is one of the most powerful sluggers in the game. Trumbo has belted 66 home runs over the past two seasons, and he is a lock to blast 30 home runs, hitting in the middle of Arizona’s lineup.

14. Tony Cingrani

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14. Tony Cingrani

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In 18 starts for Cincinnati last season, he Crigrani owned a 7-4 record, and posted a solid 2.92 ERA and 1.09 WHIP during 104 innings. These numbers are very impressive for a rookie, and he also showed a lot of strikeout potential with a 10.3 K/9.

13. Jayson Werth

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13. Jayson Werth

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Ever since a disappointing first season with Washington, Werth has quietly returned to form. He batted .300 with a .827 OPS in 81 games 2012, and he hit 25 home runs with a .318 average during the 2013 season.

12. Matt Adams

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12. Matt Adams

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The Cardinals couldn’t fit Adams into their everyday lineup in 2013, but that will change this year. He will be the Cardinals' staring first baseman, and he should have a strong season. Adams batted .282 with 17 HR and 51 RBI last year in 296 at bats, and he has tremendous raw power.

11. James Shields

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11. James Shields

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Over the past three seasons, Shields has been one of the most durable and consistent starters in the league. He’s pitched over 225 innings each season, and owns a solid 3.15 ERA and 1.14 WHIP over this span.

10. Lance Lynn

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10. Lance Lynn

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Despite Lynn’s second half struggles the past two seasons, he is a great target on draft day. He features a dominating mid-90s fastball, and he has fantastic strikeout ability. He has struck out 9.0 batters per nine innings the last two years, and could be in line for a breakout season at 27 years old.

9. Sonny Gray

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9. Sonny Gray

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Gray Dominated down the stretch for Oakland last season with a 2.67 ERA, 67 K’s and 1.10 WHIP over 64 innings. Gray is a former first round pick, who was highly touted prospect. Gray is loaded with potential, and he should be able to carry over his success from his rookie season into 2014.

8. Albert Pujols

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8. Albert Pujols

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If there is ever a player who should never be counted out, it’s Pujols. He has been the most dominating player in the majors during the past decade, and there is a strong chance he can return into an elite player in 2014. Pujols’ production was being held back by a foot injury in last year, and he appears to be fully healthy now.

7. Anibal Sanchez

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7. Anibal Sanchez

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Anibal Sanchez was one of the best pitchers in the league last season, even though he did not receive a lot of attention. He was 14-8 with a 1.10 WHIP, and he struck out 202 batters. He has also been solid the previous two seasons, so he is a strong starting-pitching option.

6. Jason Heyward

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6. Jason Heyward

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It is easy to forget that Heyward is just 24 years old, and was considered the top prospect in baseball only a few years ago. Heyward had a disappointing season in 2013 that was hampered by injuries, but he could be in line for a huge bounce-back year. He is extremely talented, and he has shown that he can be a valuable player with strong seasons in 2010 and 2012.

5. Carlos Beltran

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5. Carlos Beltran

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While Beltran is 37 years old, he is still an excellent hitter. He has averaged 28 home runs and 90 RBI over the past two seasons.

4. Wil Myers

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4. Wil Myers

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Meyers was the best prospect in baseball last season, and he won the Rookie of Year award with an impressive 2013 campaign. He batted .293 with 13 HR and 53 RBI in just 88 games, and he has the potential to improve of these numbers this year.

3. Giancarlo Stanton

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3. Giancarlo Stanton

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While Stanton is coming off a down season, he is still an elite fantasy player. The 24-year-old slugger can lead league the league in home runs, and his career .265 is respectable.

2. Brian McCann

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2. Brian McCann

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With 20 home runs in each of the past six seasons, McCann is one of the most productive catchers in the majors. His numbers could also increase significantly from playing in Yankee stadium in 2014.

1. Gerrit Cole

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1. Gerrit Cole

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Cole is one of the best young pitchers in baseball, and he had an impressive rookie season in 2013. Cole owned a 3.22 ERA with a 10-7 record, and he improved as the season progressed. In August and September, Cole struck out 63 in 61 innings and posted a solid 2.92 ERA. He is a tremendous option, and should have a breakout season in 2014


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